A federal judge on Wednesday suspended the sentencing date for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser.
Flynn was waiting for his sentence on Dec. 18, but his lawyers and federal prosecutors asked for a suspension. They stated a long-awaited report from the Justice Department’s inspector general examining aspects of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign, due out Dec. 9, could include material relative to the sentencing. They also stated the judge has not yet ruled on a dispute between the prosecutors and Flynn’s lawyers over the government’s composition of documents that the defense said could have concerned Flynn’s decision to plead guilty.
Flynn entered his plea two years ago to a single charge of lying to the FBI. He confirmed that four days into his job as White House national security adviser, he falsely refuted having two separate contacts during the Trump transition with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
In return for what he hoped would be a lenient sentence of no jail time, he agreed to assist members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team with their inquiries. At a sentencing hearing last year, federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan was brutally critical of Flynn’s conduct, including his failure to reveal lobbying work for the government of Turkey.
“Arguably, you sold your country out,” Sullivan said. The judge agreed to postpone the sentencing and advised Flynn to try harder to cooperate with prosecutors.